Five Beautiful Flute Books That Make Great Presents

Everyone loves new music and here’s our pick of the best surprise gifts for the flute player in your life. Guaranteed to please!

Otto Schwartz: Poesia for Flute and Piano

There is surely a place in everyone’s library for a book of beautiful music to play with a really good audio download and this lovely book with original pieces mostly by Otto Schwartz would be a wonderful addition. It’s very well-written with a high levels of sound production making the easy-listening style feel effortless. Perfect for those dreamy days of flute playing! Difficulty Guide: 5-6


Compilation arranged Weinzierl and Wachter: La Belle Epoch for Flute and Piano

This wonderful collection of French music, both original pieces and arrangements, really delves into the unusual. Styles range from the lovely Andalouse by Emile Pessard, through the elegance of Pierne’s Serenade to the familiarity of Ravel’s Piece en Forme de Habanera. All are wonderfully playable and all are very beautiful.  A flute player’s dream! Difficulty Guide: 6-7


Uwe Korn: Classics meet Jazz for Flute and Piano

If you are open to the idea of classics such as the JS Bach D minor Toccata being given a jazz make-over this book will fascinate you. Starting with something approaching the original, each one then develops its own new identity. The standout number is Monti’s Czardas but they all great to play –  have fun! Difficulty Guide: 7-9


James Galway and Phil Coulter: Winter’s Crossing for Flute and Piano

The winning combination of Sir James Galway and Phil Coulter has resulted in this beautiful collection of Irish music. Stunning melodies such as Steal Away, and Home Away from Home contrast with lively jigs and reels such as the Belfast Polka and Winter’s Crossing. Emotional and exuberant by turn, this is full of delights and a really lovely book to cherish. Difficulty Guide: 6-8


Compilation edited by Bronco Hutchings: Tales from the Rambling Road

This is a great book if you love British folk music.  There are twenty five short pieces including ballads, dances, marches and reels, some familiar, others less so, but all of them are classic.  Each one comes with a brief description and history, chord symbols and a downloadable backing track. This is such fun and a dream for those who want to party folk-style! Difficulty Guide: 5-7

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